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Derek Keller (composer)

Derek Lawrence Keller (born 1971) is an American composer, guitarist, vocalist, and teacher. Keller previously served as a visiting Assistant Professor of music composition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and he currently curates the music series for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, focusing on highlighting original avant-garde and improvisational music.

Keller earned a B.Mus. in Music Composition and Guitar as well as an M.M. in Music Composition at the Jean-Luc Hervé, Brian Ferneyhough, David Lang, and Charles Wuorinen.

Keller has received many commissions, including from John Zorn, RedFishBlueFish, Groundworks Dance Theater, Cappella Gloriana, Athens Master Chorale, Truman State University, and MACRO Analysis Creative Research Organization.

Keller was born in Philadelphia. He has lived in St. Louis, Atlanta, and La Jolla. He currently resides in Sacramento, California.

Discography

Impositions and Consequences (2007). Tzadik 8032. Featuring original works for chamber orchestra, voice, solo electric guitar, and percussion quartet performed by the world-renowned RedFishBlueFish.

Remedy (2006), Morris Palter. Centaur CRC 2742. Featuring works by Derek Keller, Attitudes...Assumptions Shattered; Karlheinz Stockhausen, Matthew Burtner, James Dillon, Thomas DeLio, David Lang, and Jean-Charles François.

Colin McAllister and Derek Keller: Solos and Duos for Guitar (2004). Old King Cole OKCD2006. Featuring works by Steve Reich, Franco Donotoni, Tristan Murail, Chris Mercer, Derek Keller, and Helmut Lachenmann.

Channel Crossings (2002), Cappella Gloriana. Old King Cole OKCD005. Choral music.

Compositions

Fear Ego Love (2003–2004) for amplified mixed quartet, rock band and chamber choir.
Attitudes…Self-reflection (Spring 2003) for electric guitar and interactive computer accompaniment.
Eruptive Plains (1999) for winds, percussion and piano.
Triaxis (1998) for violin, b-flat clarinet doubling bass clarinet, and guitar.
Holtranix II: an interactive improvisation for solo MIDI controller and computer (1997).
Holtranix I: an improvisation for soloist and computer (1996–1997).
Three Pieces for Piano (1996).
Character Piece (1996) for brass quintet.
Night of Hell: a mini musical drama for computer sound and baritone/tenor voice (1995–96).
Sonus in Contiuum: Breach, Core, Edge (1994) for electric, percussion, and soprano saxophone.
Four Pieces (1994) for cello and piano.
Psyche (1993) for flute, clarinet, oboe, amplified guitar, violin, cello, and soprano.

External links

  • Derek Keller Music for complete list of compositions and performances
  • Tzadik for latest recording
  • , November 1, 2007.Sacramento News and Review"Sound Chaser: Local Guitarist-Composer Derek Keller Launches his Latest Hybrid Vehicle," by Edward Dunn for
  • Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM)
  • , May 20, 2007Sacramento Bee"An Aural Carnival Ride," by Edward Ortiz for
  • AllMusicGuide.com by Stephen Eddins, May 2007
  • , vol. 11, no. 9, October 24, 2006Truman Today"Distinguished Composer, Truman Musicians to Perform at 2006 New Music Festival,"
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